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Maskey nets wonder goal as St Enda's eye All-Ireland success

St Enda's Antrim 3-9 An Spideal Galway 0-11

By Tomas McGurk

St Enda's booked their place in the All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship final with a dominant victory over An Spidéal in Navan yesterday.

A memorable 60-yard goal from midfielder Joe Maskey on 25 minutes propelled the Glengormley outfit to a date in Croke Park on Saturday, February 9.

Indeed, the Antrim champions hit three first half majors to establish a 3-4 to 0-7 advantage at the break to effectively kill off the game while An Spidéal lost defender Ciaran Ó Lao to a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Peter Healy late on.

Kilcummin of Kerry await St Enda's in the All-Ireland decider following their one-point win over Twomilehouse in yesterday's other semi-final.

St Enda's settled into the game better and a goal from Kristian Healy put them into a 1-1 to 0-1 lead on eight minutes.

On 20 minutes, Joe Maskey and Kristian Healy put centre-forward Ruairi Scott through on goal and, despite Manus Breathnach's best efforts, the shot had too much power and trickled into the net.

The Galway men were reliant on free-taker Antaine Ó Lao to keep them in touch with the centre-forward landing four frees in the first half.

With 25 minutes played, goalkeeper Breathnach was caught in possession around midfield and dispossessed by Maskey.

After talking a few steps forward, Maskey unleashed a shot with the outside of his right boot which carried 60 yards into the unguarded net.

An Spidéal's discipline undermined any slim hopes they had of getting back in the contest with Eoin Ó Droigheáin and Conal Ó Caoimh picking up black cards either side of Ó Lao's dismissal as St Enda's deservedly claimed a seven-point victory.

St Enda's scorers: O Eastwood (0-7, 0-6fs), R Scott (1-1), K Healy (1-0), J Maskey (1-0), E Nagle (0-1).

An Spidéal scorers: A Ó Lao (0-4, 0-4fs), C Lee (0-3, 0-3fs), E Ó Droigheáin,(0-1) P Ó Curraoin (0-1), S Ó Curraoin (0-1), A Ó Curraoin (0-1, 0-1f).

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